Yellow Conical Dendrobium
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Yellow Conical Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Yellow Conical Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium praecinctum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista praecincta, Dendrobium pauciflorum, Dendrobium sikkimense

Yellow Conical Dendrobium a medium to large sized, tree-dwelling orchid with drooping, tapering at both ends stems branching below as well as at or near the tip of older stems giving the effect of a rather sprawling, untidy plant carrying to 12 per stem, few per branch, linear-lanceshaped, 2 ranked, pointed, stalkless leaves. The plant blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, laterally from the nodes near the tip of the stem and carrying 1-5 flowers on each inflorescence with ovate, blunt floral bracts. Flowers are about 1.9 cm long, yellow to pale yellow-white, sepals and petals edged with purple, lip mid-lobe spotted red; flower-stalk and ovary short, 5-8 mm long. Dorsal sepal is lanceshaped-ovate, blunt, 0.3-1 cm long; lateral sepals ovate, weakly sickle shaped, keeled, 0.4-1 x 0.2-0.4mm. Petals are lanceshaped-ovate, ciliolate, 0.4-1 cm long. Lip is 3-lobed, clawed, 0.4-1.2 x 0.3-0.8 cm; lateral lobes narrow, mid-lobe oblong, flat. Column is broad, with a foot, 2-7 mm long. Yellow Conical Dendrobium is found in E. Himalaya to China (Yunnan) and N. Indo-China.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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